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Myth: Vertical farming will save our food system

TRUTH:  It’s official – vertical farming won’t save our food system right now.  But it could in the future.  This week, the country’s largest vertical, aquaponic (soil-free) farm opened in Chicago, IL.  The process by which FarmedHere is growing plants (using the excrement of tilapia to create mineral-rich water that is cycled through stacked plant […]

Myth: Your spicy tuna roll is made from tuna

TRUTH:  This isn’t completely a myth but because there’s a 1 in 3 chance that your tuna is actually tuna.  From over 1,000 samples collected over the last couple years, a seafood conservation group, Oceana, has used DNA testing to prove that only about one third of the samples taken were properly labeled.  The most […]

Travel Nationally, Eat locally

Resolving to travel and explore new places more frequently in the upcoming year is a popular resolution.  As you might expect, I would suggest eating locally when doing so but let’s add another layer: eating the most commonly produced foods from a region.  Local is local is local, so why bother, you ask?  Simply not […]

How Peru won my heart

If you know me personally, you know that Peru (and Machu Picchu) are on the top of my list of places I want to travel.  If not, maybe you’ve read other posts on my blog that aim to raise awareness about global food issues, particularly in the Americas.  Not that other places aren’t beautiful, as […]

The hype of the Stanford Food Study

If you have read a newspaper, news website, news or simply watched the news in the last couple weeks, you probably learned that a new study about organic food was recently published by Stanford University.  The major finding was that organic foods really don’t have greater health benefits than their conventionally grown counterparts. However, the […]

How fracking can affect food

If you read the news, you’re probably aware of ‘fracking’ aka hydraulic fracturing.  Basically, it’s the process of extracting petroleum (a natural gas) by using chemicals (some of which are toxic) to create pressure fractures in rock.  By doing so, oil and gas companies can speed the extraction process in deep natural gas well drilling.   […]

Myth: Donating enough food aid to feed the world would cost Americans’ billions

TRUTH:  Many people assume that if the U.S. government supplies more food to starving Americans or other nations, it would cost taxpayers billions per year.  However, what we really need to do is take a long hard look at how we use food at home.  A recent study published examined the food waste in America […]

How local foodies can change local laws

Ever heard of Cottage Food Laws?  These laws basically say that if you want to sell foods that you make in your home (and are for human consumption), you can do so without jumping through hoops.  These laws enable the home cook to legally sell their items as long as the food is not a […]

Myth: Organic foods don’t contain pesticides

TRUTH: Organic foods contain organic pesticides – an important distinction but pesticides nonetheless.  The organic pesticides on the market are made from naturally occurring substances rather than lab-manufactured chemicals. On a small scale, some home gardeners use spray bottles with mixtures of oil and soap, orange peel-castile soap, garlic-pepper, or nicotine solutions.  Large-scale organic farms […]

Why you should care about food if you care about freedom

After World War II America became the undisputed superpower due to our strong military, economic, political and cultural power. Culturally, freedoms on which we pride ourselves, such as the freedom of speech and freedom of the press allow citizens to live in an open, democratic country. The United States also has the largest economy in […]